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George E. Bunnell

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Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 18 Jul 2003

Sources:
The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Clear Creek Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)
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GEORGE E. BUNNELL, farmer; P. O. Red Lion; born in Bourbon Co., Ky., March 15, 1802, is a son of Jonas and Sallie (Tomlin) Bunnell, he a native of New Jersey and she was raised in Tennessee. The grandfather, Stephen Bunnell, was a native of New Jersey, but emigrated to Kentucky after the Revolutionary war, and resided there during the great trouble with the Indians. Subsequently, on account of slavery and its evils, he removed to Warren County, and about 1806-08 located on Section 10, Clear Creek Township, where William Bean now lives, and there resided till his death, during the war of 1812. Jonas Bunnell, the father of our subject, was quite young when his father moved to Kentucky, and while living there was married and moved to Ohio, and located east of Cincinnati about four miles north of the Ohio River, remaining there one year or little more, during which time his wife died, leaving him with nine children; these were most of them placed among friends and relatives. About two years after, he married for his second wife, Betsey Hathaway; she lived but a short time and died of consumption. She bore him one child (deceased). During the war of 1812 he removed to Clark Co., Ohio. His oldest son, William, served two years in that war and his son John served a short time. Mr. Bunnell died in Clark County about 1817. He has four children now living – William, who resides in Missouri; Sytha, now Widow Hayes, living in Indiana; George E.; and America, now Mrs. Huggins, living in Kentucky. Mr. Bunnell and his brother-in-law, Mr. Tomlin, served in the war of the Revolution, in which Mr. Tomlin was killed. Mr. Bunnell saw his full share of pioneer and frontier life, first in Kentucky and then in Warren and Clark Counties. The subject of this sketch was about 15 years of age when his father died, and was then thrown mainly upon his own resources. He came to Warren County and lived a short time with an older brother; thence he worked by the month for wages for several years; was married March 15, 1821, to Miss Sallie, daughter of John and Mary Peck, natives of Pennsylvania

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who became settlers of Kentucky and subsequently of Warren County, where their children all grew to maturity and married. Mr. Peck died at Fairfield, Greene Co., Ohio, and his wife near Germantown, Montgomery Co., Ohio. Sallie was born in Kentucky, Aug. 29, 1799, and was 11 years of age when her father with his family came to Ohio. By this union, Mr. Bunnell and wife have nine children. All grew to maturity, married and have children – seven still living – Richard, Archibald, Isaac, William, Lucinda now Mrs. Boyer, John and Henry. Mr. Bunnell has followed farming as his principal business through life, and all in Warren County, but three years spent in Montgomery County, near Centerville. In September, 1832, he bought the farm where he now lives, and moved on it in April 1833, where he has since resided, a period of almost half a century. Mr. Bunnell and wife commenced in life without a dollar and have worked their way through life dependent upon their industry and good management; they experienced their full share of the trials and hardships of log-cabin life, but they toiled on knowing no such word as “fail;” they raised a large family of children, were blessed with health and prosperity, and to-day they “sit under their own vine and fig-tree” and enjoy the competency their on hands and united labors have won for them. He owns 179 acres of fine land, has erected all the buildings on the place and has a good home and residence. Mr. Bunnell and his companion have traveled the journey of life together bearing its burdens and enjoying its pleasures for the remarkable period of three score years, and have witnessed the wonderful changes in the transformation of the wilderness into these fine cultivated farms; the log-cabins replaced by fine brick and frame houses; the vast improvements in farm implements, and the means of transportation of the products of the farm to distant markets – all this they have seen and experienced, and when their time shall come to leave all these earthly scenes, as it must come to all these worthy old pioneers – these brief records of their lives may serve to their grandchildren as a kind remembrance that shall call forth praise and honor for their noble lives and labors. Mr. Bunnell has been a member of the Christian Church for sixty years, during which period his noble wife has borne him company on the heavenly road.

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